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Michael Cordell is one of Australia's most established producers and directors. His projects straddle many genres and have won numerous awards.

Michael was an Executive Producer on the 2018 feature documentary Working Class Boy, telling the story of Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes. The film is being given the widest cinema release of a feature documentary in Australian history.

Michael was EP and writer on the award-winning format Go Back to Where You Came from on SBS, now in it's fourth season. The series won a Logie, two Walkley nominations, two UN Media Awards and SPAA Independent Producer of the Year. In an Australian first the format also won the Rose d'Or for the best international TV production of 2011 and an International Emmy in 2013. CJZ is producing an ambitious live version of the format in 2018.

Michael was a Producer on House of Hancock, the highest rating drama on the Nine Network in 2015. He was also an EP on the recent Alan Bond drama House of Bond for Nine. Earlier drama productions include The Outlaw Michael Howe for ABC and The Great Mint Swindle for Nine in 2013.

Michael is EP on Bondi Rescue, now in its 13th season and a six-time Logie winner. Recent factual productions he has overseen include The Obesity Myth for SBS, Revolution School for the ABC and Kebab Kings for SBS. He was EP and co-wrote Pauline Hanson - Please Explain! for SBS. In 2018 SBS screened the provocative constructed documentary series Muslims Like Us.

Michael has also produced a number of ground-breaking court series including the first murder trial filmed for Australian television and Court Justice a new series taking viewers inside Australia's largest magistrates' court for Foxtel.

Other EP credits include the true crime series Wanted for Ten, the documentary feature JFK: The Smoking Gun and the long-running Two Men... series featuring Australian of the Year Tim Flannery and John Doyle on the ABC.

Michael directed the documentary feature Three Boys Dreaming and his 1996 documentary feature Year of the Dogs is an Australian classic recently revived on Seven during the AFL Finals season. Michael's early career saw him produce and direct the one-hour documentary Franklin Wild River in 1980 featuring a young Bob Brown and Dykes on Bikes for SBS. Michael also had an early career in journalism writing for the Sydney Morning Herald and appeared as a current affairs reporter on Network Ten and the ABC.

Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder (CJZ) is a partnership with comedy and drama producer Nick Murray. CJZ also owns NZ production company Greenstone and is in partnership with specialist science producer Genepool.

Other CJZ titles include The EX PM, Home Delivery, Gruen, The Checkout (with The Chaser team), You're Skitting Me, Shitsville Express! and Dumb Drunk and Racist.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lara Conway

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